Cyber Attack Poses Threat to National Security in India

Cyber Attack Poses Threat to National Security in India

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India: According to a top secret survey report published by the government, India’s deepest military secrets are vulnerable to cyber spooks, with 3,000 internet connections of the Indian Defence Ministry and the Air Force Communication Centre at Vayu Bhawan having been compromised. About 3 lakh modems in Delhi are also vulnerable to Domain Name System (DNS) exploitation attacks, with servers based in foreign countries that can access sensitive information by means of phishing, traffic interception and diversion through a specific route.

The grave situation has been revealed in a report prepared by the Indian Infosec Consortium (IIC) and submitted recently to the Ministry of Communications and IT. It has been found out that around 3 lakh ADSL modems are vulnerable to DNS exploitation attacks in Delhi alone. The researchers discovered another shocking aspect that several sensitive systems in Delhi, which belong to government, Defence and other critical agencies, have already been compromised by external entities and their data is being routed through external servers across the globe through DNS exploitation, according to the report. Communications and IT Minister, Kapil Sibal has assured that the matter would be looked into. Over 99 % of the 3,000 connections surveyed by the Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) are possible victims of snooping. The list drawn up by the ISC includes the Defence Ministry in South Block, deputy secretary of the Cabinet Secretariat at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Chief of Naval Staff in C-Wing at South Block, the Air Force Communication Centre at Vayu Bhawan, the zonal officer of the Controller of Defence Accounts at Delhi Cantonment, and the Directorate of Income Tax (Investigation) at Jhandewalan.

Source: Daily mail